According to Gianluca Di Marzio, Leeds United have rejected a loan bid from Championship rivals Norwich City for Italian striker Mirco Antenucci.
Antenucci, 30, joined Leeds from Ternana last summer, and has racked up eight goals this season in what appeared to be an impressive first season.
Yet with no goals since the start of December, Antenucci has now lost his place in the Leeds first team, with Neil Redfearn preferring to use the likes of Steve Morison and Billy Sharp in attack.
The Italian has been limited to cameo appearances since the turn of the year, and now appears to have been targeted by Leeds' Championship rivals Norwich City.
Gianluca Di Marzio has reported that Leeds have rejected a loan bid from Norwich City, with the Canaries pushing for promotion to the Premier League this season.
Given his lack of starts recently, it wouldn't be a surprise to see Antenucci look for some first-team football before the end of the season, but Leeds boss Redfearn told Yorkshire Evening Post journalist Phil Hay that he's desperate not to lose Antenucci because he still values him and wants him to be a member of the Leeds squad.
Redfearn on Antenucci to Norwich link: "I rate Antenucci highly and he’s part of what we’re trying to do. There’s no way I want him to go."— Phil Hay (@PhilHayYEP) March 14, 2015
The loan window closes later this month, and Redfearn will be hoping that he can keep Antenucci at Elland Road despite the alleged interest from Norwich - but may need to give him more minutes on the pitch to keep him happy in the coming weeks.